As the first week of the Summer Split ended, we wanted to highlight some of the games in the EULCS. Take a look at our analysis below:
H2k Gaming vs Roccat: 1-1
One of the peculiarities of the Summer split is that we will surely have disputed games ending with a tie. Today, we witnessed the first one between these two teams, that showed the possibilities of this format.
The first game was the closest one, slow paced, with both teams trying to avoid fatal mistakes. Even though H2k started to dominate the match with their gold lead and objectives, the AD carry Pierre “Steelback” Medjaldi made sure that Roccat stayed longer in the game, helping his team to recover. After a few favorable teamfights for H2k, Roccat gained enough strength due to their ability to play around Jhin. The farm difference and Steelback’s positioning allowed them to make a comeback and win two decisive teamfights. Even though Roccat’s jungler Karim “Aïrwaks” Benghalia was not performing at his best during most part of the game, he was a key piece on his team’s victory, taking advantage of Kindred’s potential to turn around an almost lost game and eventually winning.
The best part of a best of 2 is to watch how the teams react to a loss, and it was time for H2k to wake up. Picking a strong teamfighting composition, they made sure that Roccat never stood a chance on the second game. Dominating the game from the beginning, H2k’s jungler Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski made sure that their strategy worked out on every part of the map, focusing mostly on the top lane, helping Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu to control the game. Kills, objectives, gold lead, everything belonged to an unstoppable H2k. Aïrwaks’s attempts to get his team back on the game were not enough, and after a final push and a quadrakill for H2k’s midlaner Ryu “Ryu” Sang-wook, they made a final push through bot lane, finishing the game.
FC Schalke 04 vs Unicorns of Love: 2-0
After all the roster changes and the acquisition of Elements’ spot by the team Schalke 04, this was definitely an interesting game to watch. Both teams could have given the surprise, but today was time for the newcomers to shine. Schalke’s roster showed better synergy overall, with the jungler Berk “Gilius” Demir on the spotlight. Their macro play was impeccable, ensuring valuable objectives, and not allowing Unicorns of Love to comeback. UOL tried to take advantage of his team composition, featuring Twitch and Taric, but it was not enough to counter the other team’s strength, with Hampus “Fox” Myhre on the mid lane ensuring that every attempt to take him out of the game failed.
Even though the first game strategy worked perfectly, Schalke decided to take a totally different composition on the second one due to the bans, resulting on an even bigger stomp, and giving them a 2-0. Unicorns of Love does not seem to be on their best moment right now, but it is still the first week, so they can use this experience to see what failed on his decisions and improve to make a better split. On the other hand, the surprise of the day was the amazing performance by Schalke 04, with a strong Gilius leading his team to the victory on both games, and Rasmus “MrRalleZ” Skinneholm performing better than ever.
Fnatic vs Giants Gaming: 2-0
First week of the Summer split, and that means one thing: Bora “YellOwStaR” Kim is finally back home, and that is only good news for Fnatic. Despite the fact that Giants revamped their roster, they still lack what they needed to outperform one of the favorites. They were able to play a good first game against a messy Fnatic that made a few mistakes but still managed to dominate the teamfights. Coming from Korea, the mid laner Gun-woo “Night” Na made a great performance, but it was definitely not enough. After an irregular Spring split, Martin “Rekkles” Larsson needed his support back, and he finally is showing again his confidence, picking Kalista in both games and kiting his way to the victory. With powerful team compositions on both sides, and with both teams making mistakes, the first game was decided after a few bigger misplays on Giants side, that allowed Fnatic to take more objectives and make the final push. They were not going to allow another sloppy game, so even though Giants started the second one with some slight advantage, Fnatic soon reclaimed his throne. Due to their aggressive teamfight composition, they were able to ace Giants on several occasions, leaded by Lee “Spirit” Da-yun and his always effective Lee Sin. Giants could not stand a chance on the second game, and ended losing both matches.
Cover image by: Dwight Casin